A stay at this motel on Saint Simons Island is like a step back in time
Inns, Lodges, Resorts
By Polly Dean
Featured photo by Jimmy Jacobs.
This quaint historical motel on Saint Simons Island, Georgia has become a favorite place to stay when fishing on this part of the Peach State coast. It is quiet, clean, comfortable and best of all, conveniently located in the heart of the Pier Village.
Queens Court Inn is also an affordable alternative without sacrificing quality or comfort, compared to other more-pricey options on the island. It is walking distance to shops, restaurants, night life, a tackle shop and the fishing pier. After a day of fishing, I can park the car at Queen’s Court Inn as I return to my room, go clean up, refresh and head out on foot for a cocktail and a bite to eat. Evenings rarely end prior to having a stroll on the pier to enjoy the night air and get a glimpse of what’s biting.
The hotel has served Saint Simons Island since 1948, and displays the same vintage character that one would imagine it offered guests over past decades. Offering long or short-term stays, suites with kitchenettes are available, with some including a full-sized refrigerator, stovetop and oven. Standard rooms are available as well.
Ironing boards, flat-screens TVs, coffee pot and microwave are a few of the amenities. A swimming pool and area for grilling are available for use by guests. Rooms with balconies overlook the grounds, with Spanish moss-draped oaks sprawled across the property. The inn’s landscaping displays the scenic beauty and laid-back charm that so much of Georgia’s coast puts on display for her visitors.
Queens Court Inn is also a popular stop for visitors to the island participating in the Tree Spirit Scavenger Hunt. If you look closely, you’ll find one on the property!
The Golden Isles, in which Saint Simons is included, have become somewhat known for their legendary tree spirits located throughout the area. The carvings in oak trees started popping up during the early 1980s. Artist Keith Jennings began carving the 20 unique faces, taking 2 to 4 days to complete each one. Each carving has its own personality and style. They are believed to have stemmed from the idea of honoring sailors who have lost their lives at sea. Each carving is considered to be a memorial to the sailor and his family.
The inn has served guests and families for generations visiting from Savannah, Atlanta, Jacksonville and beyond. Perhaps, their website says it best, “make memories with old island charm.” More information can be found at queenscourtinn.com.